Oahu/Waikiki North - Hawaii Prince Hotel 4*

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16 Feb 2004, 06:57 #21

Had the opportunity to stay here again at this business hotel. Was given a room on the 12th floor and again a business room. These rooms have a all-in-one machine, desk, office supplies and the works. High speed internet is available for $8.95 per day.

I recommend this hotel for the business traveler or someone who wants to relax. Being at the top of Waikiki, you do not have to deal with the traffic going into Waikiki. It is walking distance to the Ala Moana center and the convention center.

Happy travels to all.
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17 Mar 2004, 20:14 #22

I just returned from a trip that included a 7 night stay and a separate 1 night stay at the Hawaii Prince. I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel. I personally love the location although it would not be for everyone. I am not a lay on the beach type person, so having the marina instead of a beach was a complete non-issue for me. Besides, they have the shuttle to take you to Kuhio Beach for free. Being able to walk to Ala Moana Center was a big plus. Having a number of restaurants to choose from for dinner within walking distance that typically did not have the long waits that the restaurants at the south end of Waikiki was another plus.

On the 7 night stay, I was in room 711, a handicapped room. The bathroom is huge without the separate shower stall. The shower is combined in the bathtub. On the 1 night stay, I was in room 613. The bathroom was still huge by Hawaii standards, and I liked the separate shower stall and separate "room" for the toilet. Both rooms had comfortable King beds. The complimetary water is a nice touch. The service level is one not often found in the US. All of the staff were very nice and any issue was resolved almost instantly. My purpose for this trip was relaxation and I agree with the above poster about this being the perfect hotel for it. Of all the hotels I have stayed in Waikiki, this one would rate number 1 in my book without question and will certainly be the one I cross my fingers and hope to get on future trips.
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17 May 2004, 01:24 #23

Stayed 4 nights at the Prince, April 29-May 3, $95.00
Had read all the reviews and it is all true. Great hotel at a very good price. Would recommend this hotel to everyone even beach lovers. I was able to walk to the Hilton beach in 4 minutes from the front door. All rooms have oceanfront view. Even if you pay more and get a beachfront resort, you may end up with a view of the parking lot. As you have read in other reviews the view of the marina and ocean is outstanding. This makes the Prince Hotel an amazing bargain! Free coffee, water and newspapers and shopping shuttles just make the deal even better.
Monica

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02 Jun 2004, 20:43 #24

Posted by KKBee on 6/2/04:

Things that we like:
-excellent service: besides beach towels, they will give you the beach mats too; late check-out available; slippers and bath robes available in the room
-rooms are nice w a huge bathroom
-referigerate available for storage (2 free water)
-free shuttle to Waikiki after 12:30pm: run every 30 minutes. Parking is terrible at Waikiki Beach and good to take the shuttle instead.
-every room has an ocean view and we enjoyed it
-short walk to Ala Mona Park for sunset
-no resort fee
-free movie at hotel pool at sunset (was showing Monster Inc.)

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-self-park is $11 per day at the Hotel.

FYI-Hamana beach Park open till 9pm on Tuesday. A few of us went back to snorkel that evening and it was quite an adventure. Make sure you bring an under-water flashnight per person. Parking there is usually full. Go either very early or late in the afternoon if you want to park inside otherwise.

We are very satisfied with the Prince Hotel and will go back.
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08 Aug 2004, 06:25 #25

I stayed here August 1-4 and had a great time. I loved the large windows that open out to the ocean view. The pool and hot tub are also very nice.

There's a free shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up at several places in Waikiki. The restaurant is a bit pricey but has a very good breakfast.

I highly recommend it and am sure I'll stay there again. The staff is very professional and helpful, there was never any mention of priceline and my request for a higher floor was immediately granted (we stayed on the 21st floor)
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14 Aug 2004, 11:24 #26

We stayed at 4 different hotels during our stay in Oahu. Loved this hotel. Staff extremely helpful and professional. Loved the free shuttle. The room was large and the business center in the room was excellent for my husband. We were in Oahu on a business trip and though we loved this hotel we will never stay on Oahu again. Too crowded and urban.
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03 Sep 2004, 18:28 #27

Just came back from a Hawaiian vacation. 3 Nights at the Prince (8/26-8/29), and then 4 nights on the Big Island.
Flying in from the East Coast, the first day was pretty much "lost" due to the lengthy flight and the jetlag. We arrived tired, in the dark, and in the rain. Two adults and a 4 year old, with a convertible and so much luggage, 2 pieces had to be hoisted into the back seat.
Call it a cliche, but the moment we pulled up to the hotel, we could feel the stress of getting there slip away. A very happy valet took care of the car and the luggage. I believe the valet parking was $15 per day with in and out privileges, and being we paid $95 thru priceline, we decided to use it for our stay.
The woman at check in was friendly, but although I flashed my Prince card, there was no "high floor upgrade" this time around. We were given a room on the 6th floor. No mention was made of our son in tow, for those concerned about this hotel and the "two adult" occupancy.
The room itself was directly over the pool, and the view was actually more interesting than had we been on a higher floor! It was great to have such a nice view of the marina, and the ocean out beyond. We never heard a sound from the pool area. As with all the other posters there was a great bathroom! The King size bed was very comfortable, and compared to our last trip to Honolulu and a stay at the Outrigger Skycourt, the room was much larger.
When we asked the woman at the desk for some beach towels, not only did she pull out the towels, but also a map to show us where we should take our son. Her expert direction led us to Ala Moana State Park, a beach that the locals use, and one that we would have missed had she not pointed out how close it was and how easy it was to park there. (It was and it was!)
The food ordered from room service was delivered fast and with friendly service. Being New Yorker's, the prices didn't seem that outrageous. Remember "Prices slightly higher in Alaska and Hawaii"!
Whenever we gave our valet card, the car appeared with the top down, only moments after we asked for it.
We left a note for housekeeping, asking could we please have an extra packet of regular coffee instead of the one regular and one decaf they provide. We were always accommodated.
Checkout was fast, friendly, and accurate. All in all, the hotel was an exceptional value, and I am truly hard pressed to find a fault with the room itself or the staff. We loved the location too. 4* Waikiki North is an absolutely accurate description, and I would welcome a stay at this property again. So much so, I'd consider booking directly with Prince to guarantee this hotel. On the other hand with PL there are so many bargains to be had... Aloha!
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04 Sep 2004, 04:46 #28

Just returned from a stay at the Prince (late August '04). Three quick comments:

(1) ROOMS: They put us in a business travelers handicapped room on the 9th floor corner of the Ala Moana tower (seems like a frequent assignment for Priceline guests based on previous reviews). This was fine -- it is equipped with fax machine, paper, desk, etc, and is large. One note -- hi-speed internet access is $9.95 per day if you want it.

(2) PARKING: For those who don't mind walking (about 10 minutes walking), I suggest taking advantage of free 24 hour parking by the beach/marina nearby instead of parking at the hotel ($10 self park, $14 valet). I parked there all three days of my stay, with a convertible rental, and didn't have any break-ins or problems. There are plenty of free parking lots, which empty out in the evenings when the beach traffic clears out. Daytime parking in this free area can be tricky, but you will probably be out and about in Hawaii, and if necessary, you can use the metered parking at the marina immediatley across from the Prince for up to 4 hours. DIRECTIONS: From the hotel entrance facing the marina/ocean, walk to your left (east) along the marina, then turn right and continue towards the beach. Look for signs that say "Free parking for 24 hours maximum in stalls only."

(3) REFRIGERATOR IN ROOMS: The rooms have a refrigerator with tons of space. Stock up on water and soft drinks or anything else you want at the ABC around the corner from the hotel. They have really good prices.
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06 Sep 2004, 05:24 #29

We had two rooms for a one night stay as a result of a layover to get back to the mainland. Very easy to get to from the airport - 20 minutes or so. The room worked out just fine - no problems whatsoever. Self-parking was easy at $11 per night - if you have a van/SUV, they have marked spaces just as you enter the garage and just off the lobby door - very convenient. The kids enjoyed the shuffleboard just near the pool - something that created a nice break for them. We went down to Waikiki beach (drove and parked very easily) to catch the waves and watch the sunset. Came back and ate at the Outback Steakhouse adjacent to the hotel.

Easy, convenient, and clean.
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20 Sep 2004, 09:19 #30

Got the chance to stay on the tail-end of my trip to Hawai'i at the Prince.

Although I had not had the opportunity to stay here since April, it seemed everyone remembered me by name. I was pleasantly surpised.

The room was great and was given a 'business' room without asking (I had requested on previous trips).

Valet was $14 per day and high-speed internet was $8.95 per.

If you want quiet, then this is the hotel for you. If you are with family who wants beach access and lots of activities, then bid elsewhere.

To me, not having to go into Waikiki with its constuction on Kuhio and the hustle and bustle, this is the PERFECT hotel in a fantastic location.

Happy travels to all and thank you for this board
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